At least seven Manchester United fans were killed and over 15 injured in an electrocution in Nigeria on Thursday.
The tragic incident happened on Thursday night at a viewing center in the coastal city of Calabar in Cross River State where Manchester United fans were watching a Europa League game between their beloved team and Anderlecht.
According to eye witnesses, the power cable fell on the building during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over the Belgium side in the quarter finals.
“Around 10pm we were called that an incident has happened so immediately our men went there. Until this morning [Friday] we have about seven persons dead, we have 10 that have been admitted to hospital and another one in intensive care.
“According to the information we gathered, the high tension electric cable that was very close to the viewing center fell on the building.” Read a police statement.
The governor of Cross River State Ben Ayade said: “It was heart-wrenching that the lives of the young men were lost through electrocution. The incident marks a dark chapter in the life of the state where the precious lives of football lovers have been lost.
“At this point in time, it is sad to know that the victims lost their lives at a viewing center where they usually converge at their leisure time to watch their matches.”
Manchester United tweeted on Friday;
Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/WGnHAxpjMV
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2017